Hawthornes Characters: Pride Of Intellect Essay

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Hawthornes Characters: Pride Of Intellect

Hawthorne's Characters: Pride of Intellect


Many of Hawthorne's characters wrap themselves in a pride of intellect.
The characters become victims of their pride and consequently suffer. Goodman
Brown, from "Young Goodman Brown" and Hooper, from "The Minister's Black Veil"
are two characters that suffer from a pride of intellect. Their pride causes
them similar problems and they end up living similar lives, although they came
from different backgrounds.
Hooper and Goodman Brown both become isolated from society. Hooper had a
revelation, and he feels that he truly understands human nature and sin.
However, he believes that he is above everybody else because he has this
understanding. This is what causes the major separation between Hooper and
society. After Hooper dawns the veil he can no longer function or act as a
normal person, because of this feeling of superiority. His perception of an
ultimate human isolation leaves him the man most isolated in what Hawthorne
describes as that saddest of all prisons, his own heart . . . "(The Minister's
Black Veil,228). The veil affects all parts of his life, his fiance leaves him
and he can no longer relate to his congregation the same way. "As a result of
wearing the veil, Hooper becomes a man apart, isolated from love and sympathy,
suspected and even feared by his congregation"(Minister's Black Veil, 228).
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